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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby peterb » Thu May 03, 2012 1:55 pm

Great seedlings and great growing. I had never heard of that Strombocactus before.

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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Tony » Fri May 04, 2012 2:39 pm

Everything looks great, but your seedlings are amazing! :)
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Sat May 05, 2012 1:00 am

S. siedelii is supposed to be more columnar in habit than S. disciformis. It'll be many years before I find out, even at the relatively fast rate of growth I get in my propagator. They seem considerably darker green than my other strombos too.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon May 14, 2012 5:34 am

Sulcorebutia raushii 'cherry bomb'
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Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis R66
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Ortegocactus
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Escobaria minima
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Trichocereus lobovoides
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Soon: Tephrocactus geometricus
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Avonia seedlings
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Peak bloom in the garden
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Arjen » Mon May 14, 2012 6:49 am

great looking flowers overall, including the garden shot!
I love your sulco's!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby iann » Mon May 14, 2012 10:53 am

Look at all those Tephrocactus buds :shock:
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon May 14, 2012 7:39 pm

It hasn't grown a new cladode in 2 years now, just puts all it's energy into flowers. I may have to de-articulate it if it keeps that up. This guy seems particularly floriferous, could be why DJF319 is always in stock at mesagarden. Unfortunately it's the only one I have of flowering size, it's got little siblings a few years away yet.

The sulco fruit is a cross pollenation from S. raushii (green form), since it happened to have a flower up at the same time. It'll be interesting to see what the offspring are like. Hopefully next year I'll get some purebred R66 seed.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Thu May 17, 2012 3:43 am

Saw this in the greenhouse today, guess it's harvest time!
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All better!
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Also got a few seed from my Turbinicarpus valdezianus, it's the only turb of flowering size I have so it must be self fertile!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon May 28, 2012 5:29 am

First bloom: Echinocereus reichenbachii caespitosus
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Another flush out of the ortegocacti:
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And my third Sulcorebutia tarabucoensis produced - can't wait until these guys are bigger!
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Opuntia basilaris also was doing it's thing. Wish they'd all open at once rather than in series... But it'll be blooming for a few weeks.
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Opuntia humifusa is also flowering. Wheat and tritacale in the background. These are fun to grow in CA, almost as easy as O. humifusa!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Arjen » Mon May 28, 2012 7:46 am

lovely flowers!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby gemhunter178 » Mon May 28, 2012 11:02 am

Nice show! I like how the flower "covers" the plant in the first picture! =D>
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Minime8484 » Tue May 29, 2012 12:50 am

Amazing plants and blooms - what a wonderful yard too!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:13 am

Flower season is winding down, but the seedlings are coming along nicely.

Blossfeldia 'rio icla'
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Geohintonia
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Strombocactus 'esperanzae'
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Blossfeldia formosa
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The last is about 21 months, the rest are 9 months. I think the Blossfeldia formosa may flower in a year or so!

These slow growers tend to sit in a corner of the propagator for a couple years, but are relatively undemanding.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby gemhunter178 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:32 pm

Your seedlings look nice and healthy! I sometimes wish that these "blobs" would grow faster.... :D
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:42 pm

There's always pereskiopsis for that, but I'd have to open the bag to do it. I may well graft a few when I do get around to opening the bags, certainly easier on 4-5mm plants than 1mm plants.
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